Taglines: Life has pushed him into a corner… and he’s comin’ out fighting.
Mick O’Brien (Sean Penn) is a 16-year-old Irish-American hoodlum from Chicago. While most of Mick’s crimes involve snatching purses, vandalism, and getting into brawls, he aspires to bigger and meaner things, which leads him to attempt ripping off a Puerto Rican rival, Paco Moreno (Esai Morales).
Everything goes wrong: Mick’s partner and best friend Carl (Alan Ruck) is killed, and Mick, while trying to escape the police, accidentally runs over and kills an eight-year-old boy who happens to be Paco’s brother. Mick is sent to the Rainford Juvenile Correctional Facility rather than a state prison for adults. Most of the wardens and counselors seem to have lowered themselves to the role of zookeepers. The only exception is Ramon Herrera (Reni Santoni), a former gang member who talks tough to the inmates, but holds out hope for some of them, especially Mick.
Mick’s cellmate is Barry Horowitz (Eric Gurry), a small, wiry, brainy Jewish kid who firebombed a bowling alley after some boys there severely beat him (for flirting with their girlfriends). Their cell block is dominated by a pair of brawny sadists named “Viking” Lofgren (Clancy Brown) and Warren “Tweety” Jerome (Robert Lee Rush). As soon as their alpha male status is established, Mick takes his first step toward defining himself by refusing to be intimidated by them.
Meanwhile, to avenge his brother’s death, Paco rapes Mick’s girlfriend J.C. (Ally Sheedy). After hearing of the rape, Mick is desperate to see her, so he and Horowitz escape the double perimeter fences during football practice via the use of a corrosive paste placed on the fences, making the fences weak enough to kick open.
Mick escapes, but Horowitz falls on barbed wire and is then caught where a counselor beats him up for calling him names and escaping. Ramon believes that Mick had gone to J.C.’s house, and soon picks him up. He then takes him on a trip to a maximum-security prison to show what’s in store for him, should he continue down the path of crime.
Bad Boys is a 1983 American coming-of-age crime drama film set in a juvenile detention center, starring Sean Penn, Reni Santoni, Jim Moody, Eric Gurry, Esai Morales, Clancy Brown, Robert Lee Rush, Alan Ruck Ally Sheedy in her film debut. The film is directed by Rick Rosenthal. The original music score was composed by Bill Conti.
Bad Boys (1983)
Directed by: Rick Rosenthal
Starring: Sean Penn, Reni Santoni, Jim Moody, Eric Gurry, Esai Morales, Ally Sheedy, Clancy Brown, Robert Lee Rush, Alan Ruck
Screenplay by: Richard Di Lello
Production Design by: J. Michael Riva
Cinematography by: Bruce Surtees, Donald E. Thorin
Film Editing by: Antony Gibbs
Set Decoration by: Richard Reams
Art Direction by: Maher Ahmad
Music by: Bill Conti
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Release Date: March 25, 1983